Testing

Campus Testing Protocols—Effective Monday, Sept. 13

As President Kaler and Provost Vinson wrote earlier this month, low positivity rates from campus-wide entry surveillance testing have allowed the university to adapt its testing model going forward. Please read the section below that most closely matches your circumstances for guidance.

Faculty and Staff Who Are Symptomatic

Faculty or staff experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, should call University Health & Counseling Services (UH&CS) at 216.368.2450 for guidance. In most cases, UH&CS will perform COVID-19 tests for them, although they can be tested elsewhere if they prefer. They should not report to a campus testing location—or go anywhere else on campus—if they have any symptoms of infection.

Students Who Are Symptomatic

Students experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, should notify University Health & Counseling Services (UH&CS) at 216.368.2450 for guidance. They should not report to a campus testing location—or go anywhere else on campus—if they have any symptoms of infection.

All of the Following Examples Apply to People Without Symptoms

Undergraduates Living on Campus

Undergraduates in university housing must test every other week,* with testing dates and locations determined by their location of residence. These students will use rapid tests, which involve self-administered nasal swabs and yield results within 15 minutes.

Undergraduates are expected to wait at the testing site until they receive their results—typically about 15 minutes. Students who test positive will speak with a UHCS staff member to determine next steps, including the need for additional testing.

Those who test positive for COVID-19, and have that lab result on record in MyHealthConnect, are exempt from surveillance testing for 90 days of a positive test result. Once you are eligible, you must participate in surveillance testing every other week.

North Side Residents (i.e., anyone living in university-owned housing that is north of Mayfield Road): 

Location: Wade Commons Pioneer Room
Operating Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Weeks of: Sept. 13 and 27, Oct. 11 and 25, Nov. 8 and 22

South Side Residents (i.e., anyone living in university-owned housing that is south of Mayfield Road):

Location: Fribley 204 (Multi-Purpose Room)
Operating Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Weeks of: Sept. 20, Oct. 4 and 18, Nov. 1, 15, and 29

*Undergraduates who live on campus and have religious or medical exemptions from vaccination must test twice each week on the first floor of the Robbins building (2210 Circle Dr., open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday). These tests are PCR saliva tests, which require that you neither eat, drink (even water), chew, smoke or vape at least 30 minutes before testing. Rapid tests are not an option for these students.

Faculty, Staff and Students** with Medical or Religious Exemptions from Vaccination

Location: Robbins Building (2210 Circle Dr.), First Floor
Operating hours: Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

These tests are PCR saliva tests, which require that you neither eat, drink (even water), chew, smoke or vape at least 30 minutes before testing. Rapid tests are not an option for these individuals.

Those who test positive for COVID-19 do not need to complete surveillance testing within 90 days of a positive result.

**As noted above, undergraduates who have medical or religious exemptions and live on campus must attend testing at Robbins twice per week.

Faculty, Staff and Students Participating in Voluntary Testing

Location: Robbins Building (2210 Circle Dr.), First Floor
Operating Hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Because the university has a limited number of tests available per day, appointments are recommended but not required.*** You can schedule an appointment online at myhealthconnect.case.edu.

No more than one test may be taken per week, and taking a test does not commit anyone to weekly testing (e.g., you could take only that single test for the entire semester if you choose).

These tests are PCR saliva tests, which require that you neither eat, drink (even water), chew, smoke or vape at least 30 minutes before testing. Rapid tests are not an option for this group. 

***You may walk in for testing during operating hours, but those with appointments will be seen ahead of those without them.

Faculty, Staff and Students Notified of Potential Exposures

When Health Services learns of a positive COVID-19 test for a member of the campus community, staff contact that individual to determine the number and nature of close and/or lengthy interactions with others. Health Services will contact those deemed to have experienced a level of exposure that requires testing via email or a secure message from MyHealthConnect. This message will direct them to report to the first floor of the Robbins Building (2210 Circle Dr.) on a particular day or within a specific date range. Those who receive these notifications should go only to Robbins, not any other testing site.

Travel Testing

Pre-Travel

The university cannot provide pre-travel testing specifically for those leaving the state for travel that Case Western Reserve is not sponsoring. Those participating in sponsored university travel should come to the Robbins Building (2210 Circle Dr.), first floor, during its operating hours.

Post-Travel

Those who are unvaccinated and travel beyond the state for any reason may receive a COVID-19 test upon their return. Those who are vaccinated and travel internationally also may come to the Robbins Building (2210 Circle Dr.), first floor, for testing upon their return.

Submitting Off-Campus Test Results

You can upload your COVID-19 test results from off-campus testing sources through MyHealthConnect.

  1. Select "Enter My COVID-19 Test Results."

    Screenshot of CWRU health record system that says "I would like to" with the option of "Enter my COVID-19 Test Results" circled

  2. Enter the date and result of your COVID-19 RT-PCR or Rapid Antigen Test.
  3. Upload your results by selecting the green "Upload" button.

    Screenshot of CWRU MyHealthConnect page that shows a green upload button at the bottom

If you receive an error message or for some reason this method does not work, you can send your COVID-19 test results by sending a secure message through MyHealthConnect. 

  1. Select "New Message."
  2. Select "I want to send a message to the immunization nurse."
  3. You will then be able to attach your test results and send a message to our RNs, who will upload the results to your medical record.